Orioles 4, Mets 3

Rating the players

March 06, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

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Jay Gibbons: This is getting ridiculous.

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Pat Hentgen: Expected to be the Opening Day starter, Hentgen looks awfully good as the No. 4 guy after a delayed spring debut.

Brady Anderson: Reaches his first two trips, gets to second after an apparent pickoff and steals a base.

Steve Sisco: Collects two hits and reaches base four times. And his defense at second continues to impress.

Ed Rogers: The prospect everyone is talking about had two infield hits in two at-bats. His speed is just one component of a dynamic package.

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John Bale: Serves up a three-run bomb in the sixth inning that wipes out a 3-0 lead. Gets the cheap win.

The arms

Hentgen tossed three shutout innings, allowing two hits and walking none. He almost was too good. Some first-pitch outs prevented him from throwing more than one curveball. Chuck McElroy added two scoreless innings despite allowing two hits and walking one. Bale, a left-hander trying to make the staff as a starter or reliever, allowed two hits, walked one and hit a batter in two innings. His biggest mistake resulted in a three-run homer by Desi Relaford. Ryan Kohlmeier stranded two runners in the eighth and ninth innings to get a shaky save.

The bats

Sisco, Rogers and Gibbons had multi-hit games. Gibbons is 6-for-7 this spring after going 2-for-2 yesterday. Anderson singled, walked and stole a base. Luis Matos, Mike Bordick, Jeff Conine and Fernando Lunar also singled. Conine's hit drove in a run. Willie Morales added an RBI groundout. The Orioles had 11 hits, none for extra bases. They didn't need any, especially with the Mets being so generous.

What's next

Josh Towers, Jay Spurgeon, Sean Douglass and Juan Guzman will face the Expos today in Fort Lauderdale. ... Tim Raines Sr. and Tim Raines Jr. will appear in the same game for the first time today. The Orioles delayed the younger Raines' trip to the minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla., so father and son could fulfill a dream.

The quote`The only time that I advised him about an at-bat was Sunday when he faced [Jesse] Orosco. That's the only time he hasn't gotten a hit. I'm keeping my mouth shut." - manager Mike Hargrove on Gibbons.

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